Just before the match, FC Twente players and trainers came onto the field and they all put a flower in a vase for a portrait of Lukoki. At the invitation of the club from Enschede, some relatives attended the match. For example, the son of the deceased football player came onto the field with the selection of Twente, which caused heartbreaking images.
Lukoki was signed by FC Twente last summer after a less successful period with the Turkish Yeni Malatyaspor. But already in his first week, the attacker tore his cruciate ligament, so that he would never play for FC Twente. The attacker was under contract with the club from Enschede until February. His contract was terminated after a domestic violence conviction.
With the entire group of players, but especially with Virgil Misidjan, who played for years with Lukoki at the Bulgarian Ludogorets Razgrad. Joshua Brenet and Ramiz Zerrouki have also known the Amsterdammer for some time. Trainer Ron Jans previously worked with Lukoki at PEC Zwolle. „I wanted to polish him again at FC Twente, but already in his first week he tore his cruciate ligament. Later on, those other things came in, but the main thing for me is that Jody was truly loved by everyone who knew him. That’s how I remember him,” said the FC Twente coach.
Lukoki’s death is subject to police investigation. The attacker is said to have been the victim of an assault by two acquaintances, which left him with an inflammation in his leg, which led to an amputation. Ultimately, the footballer would have fallen into a coma and died of cardiac arrest. An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of Lukoki’s death.
In addition to FC Twente, his old clubs Ajax, SC Cambuur and PEC Zwolle also commemorated his death. All three clubs will play with mourning bands on Wednesday evening and there was a minute of silence at Ajax-SC Heerenveen and SC Cambuur-Willem II prior to the match.